Chungking Express
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Wong Kar-Wai's movie about two love-struck cops is filmed in impressionistic splashes of motion and color. The first half deals with Cop 223, who has broken up with his girlfriend of five years. He purchases a tin of pineapples with an expiration date of May 1 each day for a month. By the end of that time, he feels that he will either be rejoined with his love or that it too will have expired forever. The second half shows Cop 663 dealing with his breakup with his flight attendant girlfriend. He talks to his apartment furnishings until he meets a new girl at a local lunch counter.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"As fresh as falling rain, a pair of love stories full of pain and humor."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Once the viewer gets past bouts of confusion (the film demands more than one viewing), the result is a uniquely memorable look at the ties that bind all people."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Quentin Tarantino and Xavier Dolan are just two of the directors who've worshipped at the altar of Wong Kar-wai. Chungking Express remains the best reason why."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"the rapid pace keeps the stories from wearing out their welcome."
‑ Jason Morgan, Filmcritic.com
"a visual stunner"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"It's interesting enough to watch for most of its length because of Wong's incisive camera work and his intense immersion of the Hong Kong night culture."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"A frenetic one-way ride through The Land of Vaporous Plot, with stops along the way at Irritatingly Cute Extended Metaphor City."
‑ Gary Kamiya, Salon.com
"As Time Goes Wild"
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
"a pair of not-entirely-successful romantic stories but, fuelled by [Wong Kar Wai's] cinematic fervor and exuberant use of music...it's irresistible"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"A near-perfect fusion of form and style, content and substance. One of the great movies of its decade."
‑ Dan Jardine, Apollo Guide
"This is the kind of movie you'll relate to if you love film itself, rather than its surface aspects such as story and stars."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"More impressive than engaging."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Despite the liveliness of Chungking Express's first half, it's this second story that catapults it into the company of Wong's best films."
‑ Matt Noller, Slant Magazine
"Whimsical Hong Kong comedy."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Intoxicating, jazzy, and clever evocation of a certain breed of Hong Kong night-life."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
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